Artificial intelligence in cyber security isn’t a replacement for a well-thought-out cyber security framework. Still, it can help provide an external tool for managing the day-to-day functions of an information security team. Still, a security team will still need to retain some key elements that are part of their success in the ever-changing infrastructures they’re trying to protect.
Below are some of the biggest gaps artificial intelligence could fill:
The biggest problem with artificial intelligence in cyber security isn’t that it’s an attempt to replace humans but rather that there isn’t one. Security teams will always need to retain around: human discretion, qualified information, a solid infrastructure, and a healthy sense of humor. If something goes wrong or if an employee or system malfunctions, the first instinct may be to try to contact human eyes to solve the problem–but an adversarial AI may be smarter than those eyes. In other words, an adversarial AI system will be smarter than any human can be, and the stakes for companies using such technologies in their cyber portfolio are only growing higher.
Artificial intelligence will improve our ability to detect, track, and attack the many types of potential cyber threats we face in the next five years and beyond. As the first step, however, we need a framework that can scale up from the smaller units of today to the larger, more complete systems of tomorrow. It will also have to allow for rapid detection of vulnerabilities and patching procedures that will enable companies to stay one step ahead of hackers and others who would use these vulnerabilities against their companies.
These broader issues require an entirely new way of thinking about the way we do business and operate within the cyber realm. Some of these challenges include a rapid increase in the rate of malicious attacks and the development of new malicious tools and techniques. Another important issue is our inability to discern the intentions of attackers in advance, as well as the ever-evolving nature of the online activity and how that activity is being recorded, aggregated, and shared. Beyond this, artificial intelligence will help create a better situational awareness of the overall cyber situation and how to respond.
Building artificial intelligence in cyber security requires building trust with a broader range of stakeholders. In order to build trust, it must be clear what the company is trying to accomplish; a clear path to success is also crucial. This also helps prevent missteps in assigning responsibilities and too much dependence on too few resources. As the coordination and decision-making become more complex and reliant on AI, it will become more difficult to make bad choices that will cause the company to lose too much money or credibility.
By incorporating artificial intelligence into existing cyber security systems, companies can build a better understanding of which networks are the weakest, which ones are most likely to be targeted, and what activities are common among those systems. With this information, it is easier to develop and deploy an offensive or defensive strategy that works best for the company. Additionally, an artificial intelligence system will allow for real-time monitoring of cyber activity, which will allow companies to take action sooner rather than later if they detect any malicious behavior. This is particularly important given the prevalence of hack attacks, which can shut down a company’s networks and send customers and workers to safety, damaging businesses irreparably.
In order to implement artificial intelligence in cyber security, certain technologies must be developed. One such technology is speech recognition, which allows machines to read and reply to any human voice with understandable speech. Humans can be provided speech templates to speak intelligently, which can be stored and used when necessary. This is useful in situations where a machine does not have a good understanding of the kind of language being used or where the person initiating the communication may not have the appropriate skills. Another important technology that can be used is a machine translation. It allows machines to translate between languages, saving time that would have been spent translating word for word from a human perspective.
According to a recent study, artificial intelligence will play a vital role in deterring cybercriminals in the next five years. Full integration of artificial intelligence into cyber security systems, including speech recognition and translation, is expected in the coming five years. Given the pace at which technology is developing, it is likely that this goal will be met. Given that the threat has grown dramatically over the past decade, companies all over the world are investing in the development of these technologies to help prevent and protect themselves from cyber threats. This should serve as a wake-up call to all companies, and the international community, to invest in cyber security technologies and prevent cybercrimes before they happen.